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February 28, 2017

SVSU seeking charity partner for 2017 Battle of the Valleys competition

Battle of the Valley LuncheonSaginaw Valley State University students have shown an incredible community-minded spirit over the past 14 years, raising more than $350,000 to support numerous worthy causes and charitable organizations during the annual Battle of the Valleys fundraising competition.

In 2016, the SVSU community raised $26,000 in one week for Hidden Harvest, an organization that strives to feed those in need in the Great Lakes Bay Region by collecting and redistributing surplus food. The SVSU Student Association hosted a luncheon on campus Friday, Feb. 24 to express appreciation for the many people who volunteered for Battle of the Valleys and to formally present the funds to Samantha McKenzie, president and CEO of Hidden Harvest and an SVSU alumna, and Terry Rock, Hidden Harvest board chair.

The SVSU Student Association is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations interested in serving as SVSU’s charity partner for 2017. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31.

Each year, SVSU students band together for a week-long charitable fundraising competition with students from Grand Valley State University. Over the past 14 years, the two schools have raised a combined total of $552,150.

For more information or to request an application, please contact Emma Eldred, Battle of the Valleys coordinator, at

The 2017 Battle of the Valleys will take place Sunday, Sept. 24 to Friday, Sept. 29, leading up to the football game Saturday, Sept. 30.

For more information on Battle of the Valleys, please visit